Don’t miss teenage viola virtuoso Bill Ko Tsz Hin putting the much-maligned instrument in the spotlight on Sunday (November17th), when he performs Walton’s Viola Concerto with Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra at Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.
The 16-year-old Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year, who studies at Cheltenham College, will be helping to launch the 2020 contest and inspire other talented youngsters to enter. His parents and brother will be flying in from his home country Hong Kong especially to see him perform.
Bill Ko has made his mark at Cheltenham Music Festival this summer and Stowell Park in September and says winning the contest has helped him mature as a performer and musician.
Sunday night’s concert begins at 7.30pm and features Dvorak’s spooky Noon Witch as well as Sibelius’s Symphony No 1. Glyn Oxley conducts and the leader is Hannah Green.
Tickets at £14 for adults and free for under-18s are available in advance or on the night at cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or ring 0844 576 2210.
Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2020 is open to piano, string, woodwind, orchestral percussion and brass musicians, under the age of 22 years on or before 1 March 2020, of at least Grade 8 standard, who live in or go to school in the county, or receive musical tuition in a recognised musical organisation in Gloucestershire. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 2 December 2019.
The winner will receive the Hewitt-Jones Trophy, a cheque for £500 and the opportunity to play a recital at Cheltenham Music Festival and perform with Gloucestershire Symphony and Gloucestershire Youth Orchestras.
There is also an audience prize of £200 with the opportunity to play at the Carducci Festival, sponsored by the Carducci Trust. Runners-up receive cheques for £50.
Auditions take place on January 5th 2020 at Gloucestershire Academy of Music’s Gloucester headquarters at Barbican House and the Finalists’ Concert is being staged at Pittville Pump Room on Tuesday March 3rd 2020.